Smart Cities - innovation, transformation and sustainability

About the Event

RAUForum was delighted to partner with the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce in London for a panel discussion on smart cities and how technology is reshaping the urban environment. From Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to open data, the panel discussed how autonomy and analytics are transforming our understanding of the cityscape, and what this means for sustainability and community.


Ana Becheru
International Project and Programme Manager with major developers and occupiers, Ana supports the Microsoft account within the Integrator Global Alliance and is responsible for the delivery of corporate real estate across Europe, Middle East and Africa. CBRE is the world’s largest real estate services and investment firm. She is chartered with the Royal Institute of British Architects and certified by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Iulia Fratila
Iulia is an architect and urban designer at Fletcher Priest Architects with a proven record of delivering a wide range of projects at various scales. She has a multidisciplinary design approach which derives from working across small design interventions, architecture, urban design and having an interest in business innovation. Iulia combines her architectural practice with urban research projects and has led a series of workshops focusing on irregular urbanism, mapping informal settlements across Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America in collaboration with international academic partners and local communities.

Ramona Nan
With a background in real estate, Ramona is Operation's Manager at BlockDox, a startup using artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT in the built environment. BlockDox provides information about the health of a building, from CO2, temperature and humidity to the occupancy level allowing users to understand in real time what’s going on in a building.

Kathy Nothstine
Kathy is the Lead for Future Cities in the NESTA Challenge Prize Centre working on the future of urban transport and global cities. She has designed and delivered peer learning and capacity-building networks and training and technical assistance programmes on a variety of topics related to planning, land use, economic development, transport, infrastructure and sustainability in both urban and rural places. She has also worked in the private sector on planning, design and real estate development projects.

Iolanda Costide - panel chair
Iolanda Costide AADipl RIBA, is Principal of NTA16 architects, a RIBA chartered practice, providing full architectural services for over 40 years in the UK. Set up with a partner in 1977, Iolanda took over the practice as sole owner in 1990. In 2005 the practice was consolidated through the merger with Neil Thomson Associates, with Iolanda as Principal and main equity shareholder. Iolanda has developed professional partnerships in Romania (Bucharest), India (Pune) and in China (Beijing). She has acted as a property developer in her own right and with other partners, and was a Government Relations consultant in 1994 – 97. Since 2014, her practice has been advising Chinese partners on consultancy and design procurement for projects in China.

The event was organised with the support of the Romanian Cultural Centre in London and our generous sponsors, drinks provider Halewood Wines and Spirits with canapés on the evening from MON WAY Bistro & Cocktail Bar.

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Photo credits: Inno Brezeanu, RAUForum